Australian Cast Iron Gravemarker Photographic Catalogue


The following selection of Cast Iron Grave markers is a small number from the many found on three visits. Two visits of which were just to South Australia where most of them are, and one visit to the Eyre and York peninsular in South Australia and then on to the Northern Territories to Alice Springs and other places in the north part of Australia.

 
AUST01

Longreach

Queensland, Australia.

Large circle cross said to be locally made as is the small club shaped Grave number P53.

ALAN TRAVERS BOISSIER WALKER AGED 2 YEARS.
SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME.

On AUST01. Note the club shaped grave number. Similar to those which used to be in use at Wentworth Woodhouse, England (see UK136) and which two of which are in my Garden in Lincoln. England.

AUST02

Longreach

Queensland, Australia.

Cast iron surround and inscription plate at the head. Said again to be locally made . No makers mark.
AUST03

Mt. Morgan

Queensland, Australia.

Cast iron wreath stand still in position. A very rare find in the cemetery at Mt. Morgan Queensland and has been adapted for use as a grave marker. This is the first I have seen in its mint condition anywhere.!!
AUST04

Mt. Morgan

Queensland, Australia.

Cast iron grave marker (Similar in style to Etna). No Makers Mark
AUST05
Richmond Cemetery

Richmond

Queensland, Australia.

A rather plain cast Iron Marker with the words "Sacred to the memory of" cast into the top curved section. No Casters Foundry Plate.
AUST06
Richmond Cemetery

Richmond

Queensland, Australia.

Heavy plain cast Iron slab with the word Sacred incised round the top curve. No Makers mark.
AUST07
Melbourne Cemetery

Melbourne

Victoria, Australia.

Heavy cast iron surround and a cast iron head Marker which has a stone insert. (Very similar to Fort William in Scotland UK53) On the cast iron surround for the stone is the marks :- Smiths Patent Sun Foundry Glasgow.
AUST08
Melbourne Cemetery

Melbourne

Victoria, Australia.

Small cast iron plot number marker Galvanised. No Makers mark.
AUST09
Melbourne Cemetery

Melbourne

Victoria, Australia.

Cast iron plot Denomination or Compartment marker.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND H COMPARTMENT.

AUST10
Mildura Cemetery

Mildura

Victoria, Australia.

Marble book on a cast iron stand.

No Makers mark.

AUST11
Mildura Cemetery

Mildura

Victoria, Australia.

Not Cast Iron, but pressed steel grave marker. Maker unknown, but the only one seen up to now, Galvanised and a very expensive way of producing particularly if a one off. Possibly something which didn’t catch on.

AUST12
Mildura Cemetery

Mildura

Victoria, Australia.

Cast iron plot Denomination or Compartment marker.

ROMAN CATHOLIC COMPARTMENT.

AUST13
Mildura Cemetery

Mildura

Victoria, Australia.

Cast iron plot Denomination or Compartment marker.

CHINESE.

AUST14
Mildura Cemetery

Mildura

Victoria, Australia.

The Nun’s Chorus. A group of Nuns graves similar to the ones in West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide (see AUST21).
AUST15
Payneham Cemetery

nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast iron marker thought at first to be typical Etna design. Stove enamelled Date and maker unknown but see AUST16. Below:-

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RALPH STEPHENS AGED 2 YEARS. JULIA BAILEY 85.
AMELIA STEPHENS 32. JULIA STEPHENS 67. ELIZABETH STEPHENS 71.

Now under the control of the Payneham and Dudley Park Cemetery Trust.

This is possibly a copy (using an original to provide a pattern) of an Etna Pattern from the Gorbals in Glasgow, Scotland. This is a very rare example and it is in very good condition due to it being Stove Enamelled. Date unknown.

AUST16
Payneham Cemetery

nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast iron marker thought at first to be typical Etna design BUT on the back is a makers mark saying Smith & Wellstood Ltd., Bonnybridge Foundry, and on the stove enamelled inscription plate on the extreme bottom right beneath the surrounding line is the words "Simpson Fnls Adelaide."

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ADA DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF HANS CARL MAX HUSER DIED MAY 27 1907. AGED 23 YEARS.
PEACEFUL BE THY SILENT SLUMBER,
PEACEFUL IN THY GRAVE SO LOW.
THOU NO MORE WILT JOIN OUR NUMBER.
THOU NO MORE OUR SONG WILT KNOW.

AUST16 is a similar pattern to AUST15 but without Stove Enamelling and losing its paint work by weathering. However it is also a rarity as the name plate is an enamelled metal plate.

AUST17
West Terrace Cemetery

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast Iron Cross. No makers marks.
AUST18
West Terrace Cemetery

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast Iron Cross. Stove enamelled. No makers mark. This is the only other marker with any stove enamelled items. Thought to be a copy of an original design from the Etna Foundry in Glasgow Scotland.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WALTER CAIRE DEARLY BELOVED HUSBAND OF MARY ELLEN CAIRE WHO DIED MARCH 18TH 1929 AGED 47 YEARS. AT REST.

AUST19
West Terrace Cemetery

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast Iron Cross (Etna Pattern but no makers mark. Copy?) Painted silver with cast in letters.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MINNIE ROSE JOHNSON BELOVED WIFE & MOTHER OF GEORGE JOHNSON AND FAMILY.

AUST20
West Terrace Cemetery

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast iron circle cross marker maker unknown:-

SLAVCO RANTASA AGED 9 MONTHS BELOVED SON OF JAKOW & IRIS. DIED 1967 R.I.P.

AUST21
West Terrace Cemetery

Adelaide

South Australia.

A large burial plot with a collection of cast iron markers of members of the order of The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, founded and led By Mary McKillop. Australia’s first saint. Foundry Unknown. markers date from 1939 to 1990.
AUST22
The Cemetery

Crystal Brook

South Australia.

Inscription plate with cross. Copy of Etna design, no Makers Mark. (Grave No630B. Footpath W. Page 10 on the burial plan)

F.TAYLOR DIED 27/6/1893.

See also AUST23 for railings.

AUST23
The Cemetery

Crystal Brook

South Australia.

View of marker in AUST22, showing railings.
AUST24
The Cemetery

Crystal Brook

South Australia.

No Makers Mark. Grave No 546 A & C. Footpath T. Page 10 in the burial Book. No other details.

M. BOEHM DIED 19/10/1915. (GRAVE A.) C. BOEHM DIED JAN. 1910.(Grave C.).

AUST25
The Cemetery

Crystal Brook

South Australia.

No Makers Mark.

HORACE HARGRAVE PAVY BORN 25/4/1895. DIED 10/12/1897. 1ST CHILD OF FRANCES EBA (HEWETT.) AND HARRY HUTTON PAVEY.

AUST26
The Cemetery

Crystal Brook

South Australia.

No Makers Mark. GRAVE 577A. Footpath V. Very close to AUST25, his Brother. This Harry Kingsley Pavy was a twin brother of Roland Pavy.

HARRY KINGSLEY PAVY. BORN 23/6/1902. DIED 15/11/1917. AGED 16.

AUST27
Gawler Cemetery

Gawler nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Local Pattern of Grave marker. No Makers Mark.
AUST28
Gawler Cemetery

Gawler nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Local Pattern of Grave marker. No Makers Mark.

MARY JANSEN DIED SEPTR. 5TH 1887. AGED 53.
GONE FROM US, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN; NEVER SHALL HER MEMORY FADE;
SWEETEST THOUGHTS SHALL EVER LINGER;AROUND THE SPOT WHERE SHE IS LAID.

AUST29
Gawler Cemetery

Gawler nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Local Pattern of Grave marker. No Makers Mark.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY BR----DIED APRIL 7TH ----AGED 50 YEARS

AUST30
Gawler Cemetery

Gawler nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Local Pattern of Grave marker. No Makers Mark.

IN MEMORY OF BARBARA WIFE OF DONALD McCOLL DIED DECR. 27 1871. AGED 60 YEARS. ALSO JANE LATE WIFE OF DONALD McCOLL DIED MARCH 25TH 1876 AGED 41.

AUST31
Town Cemetery

Jamestown

South Australia.

This pair of cast Iron markers (pictures AUST31 & AUST32) from the Jamestown Town Cemetery are both of a type seen in Britain.
AUST31 inscription reads:-

IN FOND MEMORY OF GIRLY WILSON DIED MAY 19TH 1922 AGED 8 YEARS.

This Cast Iron marker with the Etna cast mark on the back is similar to examples from Woodditton Cambridgeshire England.
See UK30.

AUST32
Town Cemetery

Jamestown

South Australia.

This pair of cast Iron markers (pictures AUST31 & AUST32) from the Jamestown Town Cemetery are both of a type seen in Britain.

AUST32 inscription reads:-

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF PATRICK TRAVERS WHO DIED JULY 18. 1908 AGED 12 YEARS AND NICHOLAS TRAVERS NEPHEW OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED MAY 30. 1928 AGED 13 YEARS. R.I.P.

Another typical Etna design.

AUST33
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

An ETNA Design of Cross (See Woodditton. Cambs. England, UK31) but no makers mark, therefore possibly a copy.

PHILLAR WILKINSON DIED DEC. 14TH 1888. AGED 6 MONTHS.

AUST34
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

Aust34. The town cemetery Laura. South Australia.
Etna DESIGN (?) Makers plate cast into the back states:- H.J. Keipert & Co. Makers. Crown Foundry. Laura.

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF CHARLES BROWN WHO DIED AT BEETALOO OCTOBER 29 1889. R.I.P.

AUST35
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

An Etna derived pattern, but on the back is found both the ETNA cast mark plus the mark of Keipert & Co Crown Foundry Laura. (See AUST35 for rear view).

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF STEPHEN SCOTT DIED MARCH.3.1899
ERECTED BY HIS LOVING WIFECATHERINE. R.I.P.

AUST36
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

AUST36 shows the reverse of AUST35 with both the ETNA mark and the local makers plates being shown together.
AUST37
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

This Grave marker Number Aust37 is cast Iron with a marble plate bolted on.
Etna Makers plate cast into the back (see AUST38 for rear view).

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY MOTHER JANE STEVENS 1854 - 1907.
SISTER SELMA STEVENS 1892 - 1916.
WIFE MILDRED NEE ISAACSON 1890 - 1923.
AND FATHER JAMES STEVENS XMAS DAY 1848 (ENGLAND) 1934.
GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY HIS WONDERS TO PERFORM.
ERECTED BY H.S.STEVENS. LAURA.

AUST38
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

The reverse of AUST37, showing the Etna Makers plate cast into the back.
AUST39
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

Etna Makers plate cast into the back. Inscription painted on originally. Nothing remains.
AUST40
Laura Town Cemetery

Laura

South Australia.

Etna Makers plate cast into the back. Inscription painted on originally. Nothing remains.
AUST41
Lobethal Cemetery

Lobethal nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast iron frame with a marble plaque insert. Decorated 'IHS' lettering. This is at the Cemetery of Lobethal - or Valley of Praise, not far from Adelaide, South Australia.
The cast iron frame is marked ‘Registered’ and ‘Metters’ The only cast Iron in the Cemetery where many of the old marble markers have been put together in Serried rows.

AT REST HERBERT GEORGE WEINERT BORN DEC. 23. 1914 DIED JULY 5. 1916.

See AUST42 for rear view.

AUST42
Lobethal Cemetery

Lobethal nr. Adelaide

South Australia.

The reverse to picture AUST41. The cast iron surround has a makers mark. "Registered" and "Metters"
AUST43
Town Cemetery

Murray Bridge

South Australia.

Aust 43. Marble plate in a cast iron surround from 1921. No Makers Mark.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR LOVING DAUGHTER SYLVIA DORA WIERBRECHT WHO DIED JULY 15TH 1921. AGED 6 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS. (The rest is undecipherable).

AUST44
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Pine Creek

South Australia.

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church yard. Cast iron trellis cross. No Makers Mark.

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OFAGNES IDA KNAUERHASE DIED 28TH SEPT. 1901.
AGED 17 MONTHS.

AUST45
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Pine Creek

South Australia.

AUST45 is rather Typical of Iron Lace or Trellis Type Crosses from Austria. No Makers Mark. This is one of two found in the cemetery at the side of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (see also AUST44). Late 19th century.
Inscription undecipherable.
AUST46
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Pine Creek

South Australia.

Cast iron cross. No Makers Mark. Inscription undecipherable. This type of cross is seen on many Australian churches used as a finial each end of the roof.
AUST47
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Pine Creek

South Australia.

Cast iron cross. No Makers Mark. Inscription undecipherable. This type of cross is seen on many Australian churches used as a finial each end of the roof.
AUST48
Town Cemetery

Quorn

South Australia.

Plain Iron sun cross used as a finial.

IN MEMORY OF EDITH, ALICE & JOHN GEORGE BREWSTER

This cross caught my eye in the cemetery scene in the film "The Shirralee" and lead to me making my first trip to Australia to see it and many others in August 1994.

AUST49
Town Cemetery

Quorn

South Australia.

An ETNA pattern cross with the ETNA cast mark plus the Cast mark of H. J. Keipert & Co Laura (see AUST50).

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ISABELLA COAD DIED MARCH 12 1891. AGED 39 YEARS.

AUST50
Town Cemetery

Quorn

South Australia.

The ETNA cast mark plus the Cast mark of H. J. Keipert & Co Laura, shown on the reverse of AUST49.
AUST51

Tanunda, Barossa Valley

South Australia.

A cast iron grave surround by J. Martin & Co Ltd. of Gawler, South Australia.
AUST52
Wilmington Town Cemetery

nr. Wilmington

South Australia.

Cast iron decorated cross with inscription plate from the Town Cemetery about 3 miles out of town at Wilmington, South Australia. Cast Iron Marker in the Catholic area. Makers Mark on the back says:- J. & R. Forgan. Makers Crystalbrook (see AUST53).
AUST53
Wilmington Town Cemetery

nr. Wilmington

South Australia.

Reverse of AUST52. Makers Mark reads:- 'J. & R. Forgan. Makers Crystalbrook'.
AUST54
Wilmington Town Cemetery

nr. Wilmington

South Australia.

Cast iron decorated cross with inscription plate from the Town Cemetery about 3 miles out of town at Wilmington, South Australia. Cast Iron Marker in the Catholic area. Makers Mark on the back says:- J. & R. Forgan. Makers Crystalbrook (see AUST55).
AUST55
Wilmington Town Cemetery

nr. Wilmington

South Australia.

Reverse of AUST54. Makers Mark reads:- 'J. & R. Forgan. Makers Crystalbrook'.
AUST56
Cabra Convent Grounds

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast Iron gravemarkers in Nun's graveyard. Railings and gate are also cast iron.
(stone markers are Bishops).

See also AUST 57

AUST57
Cabra Convent Grounds

Adelaide

South Australia.

Cast Iron gravemarkers in Nun's graveyard.
(See also AUST56).
AUST58
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie.

Western Australia.

Five grave markers very similar to those of the Loreto Nuns buried in West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide. South Australia. These have painted name details whereas the Loreto Nuns have their name details cast into their markers. The Nuns here belong to the Order of Hospital Nuns of St John of God.
AUST59
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Did this one die from "A Smoking Related Illness" This picture is also a good example of grave marker number quatrefoils.
AUST60
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.
AUST61
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.

For UK examples, see UK73, from Horringer, Suffolk.

AUST62
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.
AUST63
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.

For UK examples, see UK27 and UK33 from Woodditton, Cambridgeshire.

AUST64
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.
AUST65
Town Cemetery

Kalgoorlie

Western Australia.

Marked as "By F. Metters of Perth". Typical of the (Remains of) Pattern of an Etna grave marker from The Etna foundry in the Gorbals. Glasgow. Scotland.
AUST66
Hepzibah Primitive Methodist Churchyard

Salisbury

South Australia.

The churchyard of the Demolished Hepzibah Primitive Methodist Church just behind the supermarket area and just over the road from the Town Hall Offices.
White painted cast Iron grave surround. Makers Mark. D.Thomson. Maker Gawler. Aust

 

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